What's on Events and workshops New Farming Rules for Water & Severn Vale Guardians Project NFU/FWAG briefing on New Farming Rules for Water & Severn Vale Guardians Project Farming rules for water On the 2nd April 2018, new farming rules for water came into force and are important for ALL farm businesses. The NFU and FWAG invite you to a briefing to understand these new rules . At the meeting you will learn what the new requirements mean for your farming business. These could be nutrient management planning and five yearly soil testing for all cultivated agricultural land (which includes grassland that receives inputs), storage and application of organic manures, measures to prevent poaching around water courses and positioning of livestock feeders. Defra expects that most businesses will already be compliant with these rules through cross compliance or being in an NVZ. If you are in any doubt about how these changes may affect you please do come to the briefing to find out more. Following NFU lobbying on these new rules, implementation will not involve fines and penalties, but will be advice led through the Environment Agency as the competent body. However, subsequent breaches could result in further enforcement including fines. The Severn Vale Guardians Project Severn Vale Guardians is a group of farmers and land managers, in your area, coordinated by FWAG to explore innovation around sustainable soils, the movement of water through catchments, habitat management and resource protection. Farmers signed up to the project will receive support to assess their land for soil and water management, biodiversity value and business needs and provide a forum for farmers to share their knowledge and expertise. The project is funded by Natural England and will run activities over the next three years including: site visits, practical demonstrations, workshops, trials and monitoring programmes, all guided by the input of farmer members. Contact [email protected] for more information. The briefing will take place at 11 am on Friday 25 May at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster, GL2 7PD To attend please RSVP to [email protected] or call 01392 440700. Booking for this event has now closed.